Wenger stands firm over Walcott

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Arsene Wenger insists Theo Walcott will not leave Arsenal this summer even if a new contract is not agreed.

The 26-year-old, whom Wenger signed from Southampton as a 17-year-old, is out of contract at the end of next season and negotiations have begun over a new deal.

The Frenchman is optimistic the fact discussions have started means Walcott wishes to stay.

“We are already talking to him,” said Wenger, speaking ahead of Monday’s home clash with Swansea.

“When you go into negotiations with a player it is with a desire for him to stay. He looks keen to do it and I am keen to do it, so let’s see what comes out.

“We are always in the mode where we want to be successful. In case of failure, we’ll see.

“But in case of failure – that will only be in December next year.”

Carl Jenkinson is another player whose future is to be decided after he has impressed on loan at West Ham.

“I met Carl this week to speak about his future. We will sit down together at the end of the season,” Wenger said.

“My target is to keep him here at the club. He had a great season for me and he has moved forward and overall he has gained a lot of confidence.

“The decision I have to make is do I bring him back now or does he need one more year now to play somewhere in the Premier League? That is not decided yet.

“That’s what I have to decide at the end of the season. He needs experience.

“Carl is a young, very promising right-back with top quality and he had a good year where he has really moved forward. It’s important that, if he comes back, he has a good chance to play.”

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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